For any children that come to the phonics class 1:00-1:30 with Mrs Wright, here is a username and password for you to login to www.monsterphonics.com and practise some of the sounds.
We have recently covered these sounds on the Year 1 page:
ff,zz,ck,nk,ll,ss, tch, ve, ay, oi, ai, oy, s/es suffix, a_e, e_e, i_e, u_e and by the end of this week (20/3/20) we will have completed the ar and ee sounds aswell.
The children may revisit these sounds or can learn the next upcoming sounds so that they have a headstart (suffix adding of ed/ing, ea, ir, er, ur and oa.
The Literacy Shed
Here is a very useful website that supports the teaching of different genres in story writing:
There are quite a few stories on here that are appropriate for Year 3 children. The videos are great for developing the children's imagination. We have used a few in English sessions such as the Bubbles video, Taking flight and Dreamgiver.
Some others that we have found are very useful in Year 3 are:
In the fairy tale shed: The Little Shoemaker- Le Petit Cordonnier
In the fantasy shed: Something Fishy
In the adventure shed: Home Sweet Home
Underneath each of the videos for these stories, there are a list of activities that the children can undertake. Here are the examples from The Little Shoemaker video:
- Describe the shoemaker and his shop.
- Retell the story in a fairytale style (the children have previously studied fairy tales)
- Use show don't tell to describe the shoes coming alive but leave your reader wondering what is happening.
- Describe the rival shoe maker using specific language to make him sound sly and cunning (sneaky).
- Create some dialogue (speech) between the two shoe makers.
- Write some dialogue (speech) between the shoemaker and his shoes.
- Create a new plan to get rid of the shoemaker.
- Explanations or instructions about how to make magic shoes.
Reading and Writing
Here is a fantastic link for many areas of writing such as spelling, punctuation, grammar and sentence structure.
Usually in sessions, when we teach spellings we would have a short 20-30 minute focus and we would focus only on one area e.g. a suffix rule such as changing the y to an i (happy-happiness). In terms of punctuation and grammar, the sessions may be slightly longer but would again focus only on one area to ensure the children do not get bombarded with too many things at once.
The main pages to visit on the punctuation site here are: apostrophes, commas and inverted commas.
The main pages to visit on the prefixes and suffixes are: adding -ation and adding -ous.
The main pages to visit on the grammar page are: verbs, adverbs, pronouns, preposition, subordinating conjunctions, coordinating conjunctions, expanded noun phrase and fronted adverbials as the children have been taught about these before (subordinating conjunctions are definitely in need of a recap though!)
The sentences section is mainly for children lower than Year 3 age but it may be useful for some children to just recap the basic features of sentences and what needs to be included.
Under the Non Fiction section:
The children could look into either the recount or instruction sections and remind themselves of what each of these are. They could then create their own recount of their day/week or of a family members day/week. Similarly, they could help parents/family members bake or cook tea and then create a set of instructions for how to do this.
Under the Poems section:
The children could look into the Limerick or riddle section to learn about the features of these poems and how they should be structured. They can then have a go at creating their own. Sometimes creating a poem can take a while and especially with limericks, the children may need support in coming up with rhyming words.
Twinkl is an online resource which is full of classroom-based activities and is offering a free password to parents at this current time. The password is UKTWINKLHELPS. These activities are printable resources which are free to download.
We advise your child to focus upon the following activities and spend between 20-30 minutes on each.
Use the following pathway to help choose from the categories suggested. KS2 - English - SPaG
- Year 3&4 statutory spelling activity booklet.
- What is a fronted adverbial? resource pack
- Sub-ordinating conjunctions resource pack
- Inverted commas- Speech punctuation worksheets.
This list is by no means exhaustive, any of these links will be helpful in consolidating and extending your child's learning. There are also online activities available on this website too.